Reason why Princess Anne received sapphire engagement rings instead of diamonds

Princess Anne has married twice; first to Mark Phillips then to Sir Timothy Laurence to whom she is still married. On both occasions, the Queen’s daughter received sapphire engagement rings. Jewelery experts Steven Stone spoke about the choice of gemstone over the traditional diamond and its connection to the Princess Royal.

Princess Anne met Mark, a lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, in 1968 at a party for horse lovers.

Their engagement was announced on May 29, 1973 after Mark proposed a ring which had been created “to his specifications” according to royal jeweller, Garrard.

The center stone of the ring was a blue cabochon sapphire and was flanked by a single diamond on either side, rather than a cluster.

It was traditionally set on a yellow gold band, using Welsh gold, like most royal rings, and was worth around £10,000.

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In November 1973, the couple married at Westminster Abbey in a televised ceremony, with an estimated audience of 100 million people.

The couple then had two children, Peter born in 1977 and Zara born in 1981.

In 1989 Princess Anne and Mark announced their intention to separate and while there were initially ‘no plans for a divorce’, three years later the palace announced that Anne had filed for divorce. , which was finalized 10 days later.

Princess Anne’s second husband was Sir Timothy Laurence, a Royal Navy commander, whom she met while serving on the royal yacht Britannia.

The couple married at the end of 1992, but rather than a lavish royal ceremony, the event was to take place in Scotland since the Church of England does not allow remarriages after divorce.

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Steven Stone’s experts have commented on the rings Princess Anne received.

They said: “It is interesting that Princess Anne received sapphire engagement rings rather than traditional diamond rings.

“Blue sapphires are often linked to people who are respectful, loyal, hardworking and honest.

“It only makes these rings even more special and suggests that it could have meant something to Princess Anne.”

As for the value of the ring, Steven Stone gives it an estimate of £25,000.

For official engagements, the queen’s daughter is often depicted wearing gloves.

But once in a while, during more casual appearances at the horse races, royal fans discover her stunning ring.

She wears her engagement ring alongside a simplistic gold wedding band, which is said to be Welsh gold, like most royal wedding rings.

Princess Anne isn’t the only royal to love sapphires.

Jewelery experts revealed: “Princess Diana also had a blue sapphire ring, which is now in the hands of Kate Middleton.

“While the Queen is often seen sporting the gemstone on her famous brooches.”

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